Cambodia is a tropical country of around 16 million people at the southern end of mainland Southeast Asia. It is a richly biodiverse country but much of it is now prone to extreme flooding with homes swept away and crops repeatedly destroyed. These extreme weather conditions have contributed to food shortages, a loss of livelihoods, poor health and an increase in illness, malnutrition and infant mortality.
Moreover, while Cambodia has grown in recent years, poverty remains widespread. Both society and the economy continue to be burdened by the lingering effects of the conflicts of the 1970s; US bombing, the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regime in which at least 7 million Cambodians died from execution, forced hardships, or starvation, and the 13 years of civil war that followed.